The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) in Sacramento plans to have 46 retail hydrogen fueling stations in place in six communities by 2014. The H2 fueling stations will be enough to accommodate 4,300 passenger vehicles and 20 fuel cell buses.
Right now in California there are 26 hydrogen fueling stations throughout the state, but only six of these are able to accommodate a variety of hydrogen fueled automobiles.
The CaFCP Action plan includes:
- “Developing early ‘hydrogen communities’ for passenger vehicles with clusters of retail hydrogen stations in four Southern California communities: Santa Monica, Irvine, Torrance and Newport Beach, with additional stations to support the next identified communities and a network of connector stations
- Expanding the transit program in the San Francisco Bay Area with new mixed-use stations that provide fuel for passenger vehicles and transit buses, as well as dedicated retail hydrogen stations for passenger vehicles.
- Developing codes, standards and regulations with a state-of-the-art hydrogen station in the Sacramento area that will enable regulatory agencies to validate new test procedures as well as provide fuel for passenger vehicles in the Sacramento area.”
In August 2008, I had talked about the CaFCP Vision Plan and this action plan looks to be an extension of the vision plan. The action plan for California is well underway since last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sent out a notice to establish modular hydrogen fueling stations.
Grant agreements will be awarded to Chevron in Harbor City, San Francisco International Airport, Shell Hydrogen in Newport Beach and UCLA in Los Angeles.